Social Prescribing

New Connections is the Social Prescribing service for the Derbyshire Dales, based at Derbyshire Dales CVS.

Download our leaflet and poster as PDFs by clicking on the links: –

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New Connections Tri-Fold Leaflet

The New Connections team also coordinates a variety of groups in the Dales – click here to find out more – or click on the New Connections Local Groups tab to the right.

What is Social Prescribing?

Social Prescribing is a way of supporting and improving people’s health and wellbeing outside of traditional medical settings.

In the Derbyshire Dales, GP’s, nurses and other primary health professionals can refer someone to New Connections, who will start by having a conversation with the person about what matters to them. From there, the person will be introduced to activities, groups or services that enable them to get the most out of life.

Examples of this could include gardening clubs, art groups, volunteering opportunities, healthy cooking classes or befriending services. Whatever the person is linked to, it will always be based on their wishes and interests.

Who can be involved with Social Prescribing?

Whatever stage of life someone is at, Social Prescribing can enable them to make changes that improve their health and wellbeing. In the Derbyshire Dales, New Connections support anybody over the age of 18.

Community and voluntary groups and Social Prescribing

The local community and voluntary is an integral part of Social Prescribing. In the Derbyshire Dales, we are lucky to have a range of activities and groups which provide activities that people can be linked into with the support of New Connections.

If you are a group wanting to welcome new members, we’d love to have a chat with you about how being involved with New Connections can introduce new people to your group.

Zoe Beesley – Social Prescribing Development Worker – Darley Dale and Matlock.

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    • Telephone 07483 104119

Harriet Brown – Social Prescribing Development Worker – Ashbourne and Wirksworth

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    • Telephone 07483 329396

Grace Innes – Social Prescribing Development Worker – Ashbourne and Wirksworth

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Debbie Rushworth – Social Prescribing Development Worker – Bakewell and Hope Valley

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    • Telephone 07483 126823